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Monday 14 April 2014

Nail News

It's Letter Number 14 of the Alphabet
Welcome to N

Do you have any superstitions?  I don't, except one, which I can attribute to my Grandmother who said it was very bad luck to cut your nails on a Friday or a Sunday.  She had ignored this superstition once (on a Sunday) and the result was immediate disaster.  An axe cutting into my uncle's leg, one snip of her finger nail and a cry coming from the bottom of the orchard.  She was a great storyteller so this is a very much a synopsis but her tale was  impressionably dramatic to a young mind and has stayed with me.  As the old rhyme says:
Cut them on a Monday, you cut them for health;
Cut them on Tuesday, you cut them for wealth;
Cut them on Wednesday, you cut them for news;
Cut them on Thursday, a new pair of shoes;
Cut them on Friday, you cut them for sorrow;
Cut them on Saturday, you see your true love tomorrow;
Cut them on Sunday, your safety seek,
The devil will have you the rest of the week.
So cut your nails on a Wednesday for news, or alternatively visit the other contributors to ABC Wednesday where there will be news and views from all over the world.



  1. I can see why this would stick with you. I've never heard this rhyme, either!

  2. The is NEW to me, too! Reminds me a bit of the rhyme about what day of the week you were born.

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  4. Scary! In future I will be careful on which day I shall cut my nails, although I must confess I always go to the pedicure on Fridays!
    Great introduction for N!
    Wil,ABCW Team.
    BTW I deleted my first comment , because there was a great big mistake in it!

  5. That's a new one for me. I am superstitious in weird ways. I think if I don't over plan something bad will happen.

  6. Also new to me, Joy. Very interesting. Excellent for the letter N.

  7. I had never heard about this superstition before, but just in case, I cut my nails today. I need some wealth to put my 2 girls through college. LOL!

  8. And it's news to me too! Great post. Thanks to the entire tea.

  9. Never knew about it! Great intro to 'N'!
    Thank you for hosting, Joy:)

  10. I think I will cut two nails each day except on Friday, hoping that I have enough nails to cut, lol !

  11. :) We also believe it. All credit goes to my grand mom that ending lines are so cool !
    good oen
    thanks for dropping by my blog

  12. Thanks for hosting. Found some *nixies* in my garden (well statues of them, anyway!)

  13. that's an old wives' tale I've never heard. no problems, my nails seldom grow long enough to need trimming.

  14. Ha ha - thats a funny one - unknown to me! Will certainly not cut them on a Sunday after this:-) Nice one!

  15. pretty nice blog, following :)

  16. just noting that my link (#3) and also Lisa's link (#57) were down for over 15 hours due to server issues, but they are working now.